Blair Underwood, a handsome actor with a charitable heart, he is one of the thespians who can boast of a successful career in film, television and stage acting and has also excelled as a film director.
The Grammy Award-winning Hollywood star is known for his portrayal of the recalcitrant attorney named Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law. He played the role for seven years, winning a Golden Globe Award for his performance. From 1985, when he launched his acting career until today, Underwood has received numerous recognitions for his talent, some of which include – many Golden Globe Award nominations, NAACP Image Awards and one Grammy Award which he went on to win. Some of his recent appearances in film and television include on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Good Wife, Quantico and The Trip to Bountiful.
Who Is Blair Underwood? – Bio and Age
He is an American actor born in Tacoma, Washington on August 25, 1964. His folks – Marilyn Ann Scales (mother), an interior decorator, and Frank Eugene Underwood, Sr. (father), a colonel in the United States Army named him Blair Erwin Underwood at birth. As a child born to a military man, Blair Underwood grew up in bases and Army Posts both in the United States and Stuttgart, Germany. He got his high school education at Petersburg High School in Petersburg, Virginia after which he attended the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
He made his film debut in Krush Groove but his appearance on The Cosby Show in 1985 led to better days for the actor. The appearance scored him a brief stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live where he portrayed Bobby Blue but the bigger picture came when he was cast on the TV series L.A. Law and he stayed on the popular show from 1987 to 1994.
His film career boasts stellar performances in Just Cause (1995), Set It Off (1996), Deep Impact (1998), Rules of Engagement (2000) and a slew of others.
Also in 2000, he was cast as the main character in the short-lived television series City of Angels and later played a guest role on the HBO series Sex and the City (four episodes). the next year, he portrayed Roger De Souza in NBC’s LAX and garnered fame for his role in The New Adventures of Old Christine (2006 to 2010) opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus for two years. In 2007, he made a guest appearance in an episode of NBC series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. He later scored a Golden Globes nomination in 2009 for his portrayal of Alex in HBO series In Treatment season one.
So far, Blair Underwood has three NAACP Image Awards under his belt, thanks to his performances in Rules of Engagement, L.A. Law, City of Angels and a lot more. Aside from movies, Underwood has also tried his hands at writing. Proving his worth as an author, he became co-authored of the novel Casanegra: A Tennyson Hardwick Novel in 2007, in collaboration with husband-and-wife duo Steven Barnes and Tananarive Due. In the same year, he landed a spot on TV Guide’s list of “Most Influential Faces of the 90s”.
After more than three decades in the movie industry, the actor has continued to record more achievements to date. With his involvement in top-grossing movies and other engagements, it’s no surprise his net worth has climbed up to $8 million.
Family – Who is Blair Underwood’s Wife?
Blair Underwood is married to Desiree DaCosta who was an executive assistant to actor Eddie Murphy but due to her private lifestyle, not much is known about her family background, early life, and educational history.
Nevertheless, we can confirm that Blair married Desiree on September 17, 1994, and their union produced four children, Paris, Brielle, Blake and Lexi Underwood. The couple is living happily with their children.
Other Facts About Blair Underwood
In 2000, the hunky actor made the list of People’s “50 Most Beautiful People”.
According to the results of his DNA test, Blair is a descendant of the Babungo people of Cameroon while further genealogical research revealed that his African ancestry actually originated from the Bamum, Brong and lgbo ethnic groups of Western Africa.
Blair Underwood is all about humanitarian causes and works with some charitable organizations. His activities with the Los Angeles chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association earned him the 1993 Humanitarian Award. He also worked with the AIDS Healthcare Foundation through his clinic in Washington and served as the spokesperson for YouthAIDS in 2003 alongside Asley Judd.
He plays the role of a Trustee for the Robey Theatre Company in Los Angeles. The company is a non-profit theatre group founded by Danny Glover and focuses on plays about the Black experience.
Blair Underwood met former U.S. President Barack Obama while carrying out research for his L.A. Law role at Harvard Law School. At the time, Obama was the president of the Harvard Law Review.
During his race for the White House, Obama had the full support of Blair Underwood who even spoke at his campaign rallies.